Great Games – The 1984 Seattle Seahawks Go On An Interception Binge

The Seattle Seahawks came into the NFL in the mid 1970’s and struggled mightily their first few seasons. By the time that the early 1980’s had rolled around though, they were beginning to show that they could in fact be one of the tougher teams in the AFC, even progressing as far as the AFC Championship Game.

These teams were known for having a really good offense that featured players like Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, and Steve Largent. On November 4th, 1984 though in a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it was their defense that came through in a pretty incredible way.

After one quarter of play, the Seahawks had a 3-0 lead thanks to a field goal by Norm Johnson. The game opened up for Seattle in the second quarter though as Dave Brown returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. A short time later, Seahawks defender Keith Simpson would add a 76 yard interception return for a touchdown of his own. Dave Krieg would then throw two touchdown passes before the half, the first an 11 yarder to running back Dan Doornink and the second a two harder to future NFL head coach Mike Tice. At halftime, that put the Seahawks up over the Chiefs by the score of 31-0.

There were only two more touchdowns scored in the game. Dave Brown would hit the end zone again in the third quarter with a 56 yard interception return and then in the fourth quarter Kenny Easley would return an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. That would make the final score of the game 45-0 in favor of the Seattle Seahawks.

Four interceptions returned for touchdowns in one game makes this one of the more impressive defensive performances in NFL history. The Seahawks actually had two more interceptions that did not go back for scores, both of those were caught by defensive back Terry Taylor. The Chiefs went through three quarterbacks that day as Bill Kenney would go 8 of 18 for 86 yards and 2 interceptions, Todd Blackledge would go 8 of 17 for 54 yards and 3 interceptions, and Sandy Osiecki would go 7 of 16 for 64 yards and 1 interception.

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